Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Yoga Makes The Body (& Soul) Feel Good

So I find myself waking up by 8 every morning (around 6:30 the first couple days back), which is good because waking up early allows me to keep my morning meditation/hatha routine. Though I'm not waking up quite as early as Yogaville (5:3o), I still feel as though I get so much more accomplished during my mornings than ever before.

Give it a try one day. Challenge yourself and get up early enough to watch the sunrise (around 6). You'll be amazed at how good it feels to start your day early, and also amazed at how beautiful the sunrise is! Also, rising early allows you more time to spend outside. Try adjusting your bedtime to an hour earlier than normal and then shift the time you wake up to an hour earlier. I guarantee you'll feel better both inside and out.

I've been doing yoga practically everyday. I just got back from a long weekend at the beach where I was blessed to be able to do yoga on the sand every morning...SO great! From my experience, yoga makes your body feel exceptionally great. I find yoga to be energizing, refreshing, and just plain fun. It loosens up all your muscles and joints (great for runners and other athletes), and subtly tones the body so you look lithe and sleek. Paired with a vegetarian diet and you're sure to be looking and feeling good in no time.

If you're new to yoga, definitely give it a try and just have fun with it. Try doing some crazy animal poses. Challenge your body to stretch in ways you've never thought possible...but remember to only take your body to where it's comfortable. Yoga is not a competition...it's more like a free-flowing, fun-loving dance where you let your soul loose and your limbs glide. I like doing it in the morning just before breakfast. I work up an appetite and feel great for the rest of the day. Whether you're feeling tired, sad, crappy, down, etc., a full yoga sesh. is sure to leave its imprint on your mood and a smile on your face.

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